8 Tips For Smoke Damage Cleanup in Ocala

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Smoke damage can wreak havoc in your Ocala home, not to mention be extremely unpleasant to clean. Ocala home fires can send smoke throughout your house, charring walls, covering everything, and even stinking up the place. The longer you let smoke and odors linger, the more they soak into walls, carpets, and furniture. Much of the smoke damage cleanup in Ocala will require a professional, but Dreyer’s DKI has some do-it-yourself cleanup tips that can help you get started.

Dreyer’s DKI Tips

  1. Always use the proper safety equipment, including a face-mask and gloves. Clean up as soon as possible, but not without gloves, eye protection, a face-mask, and a respirator to keep smoke particles off your skin and out of your lungs.
  2. Although the fire may have only affected one area of your Ocala house, smoke can permeate a larger area. Ventilate your house well by opening windows and running fans. Airing things out will make your cleaning efforts more effective.
  3. Deal with soot first. Always remove soot before any other cleaning occurs. Soot stains easily. Suck up soot using a vacuum with a cleaner attachment nozzle. Avoid using an upright vacuum, as this tends to grind the soot into the carpet.
  4. Always throw away any perishable food items that may have been exposed to smoke.
  5. Smoke can cause malfunctions in the mechanisms. Thoroughly clean and disinfect appliances. Be sure to test and make sure appliances are running smoothly before operating them.
  6. Clean discolored areas on walls by applying paint thinner or rubbing alcohol. In some cases walls will need to be repainted. Be sure to ventilate properly before beginning.
  7. Change the filter in your air conditioner. A great deal of soot will have likely built up there following exposure to smoke damage.
  8. Odors also need to be dealt with. Baking soda absorbs odors in the air. Place in a bowl in each of the affected rooms. You can also sprinkle some over furniture and other surfaces to counteract the odor. Deodorize furniture, walls, floors, and ceiling using white vinegar. Dip a clean rag into the vinegar and wipe down the affected areas.

Beyond these beginning steps, you’ll want to utilize a professional for smoke damage cleanup in Ocala. Dreyer’s DKI emergency response unit is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Call us today and let our professional staff get to work restoring your Ocala home back to new.